Closures and Missile Tests
Upcoming Missile Tests: From time to time the missile range that surrounds us performs missile testing that may require the closure of the park or Highway 70. Please follow the link below for up to date information on closures More »
New Monument Hours
White Sands National Monument will open at 8 a.m. and close approximately one hour after sunset from September 3 through December 31, 2013. Beginning on January 1, 2014, the monument will open at 9 a.m. and close approximately 1 hour after sunset. More »
Road Work in the Monument
From Oct. 1 until further notice, a paving project will affect Dunes Drive and the visitor center and gift shop parking lots. Please be alert for changes in traffic patterns and potential traffic delays along Dunes Drive. We appreciate your flexibility.
Closed on Christmas Day
The monument, including Dunes Drive and the visitor center, will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013.
Are you looking for some fun activities that you can do and learn about the park, too? Well, we have created some neat activities that you can download and complete at home. We hope you like them!
Oh, and keep checking back-we'll be adding more!
** Please note that this is not a replacement for the Junior Ranger program. Children do not earn a badge or patch by completing these activities. For children who would like to earn a badge or patch, the Junior Ranger booklet can be obtained at the visitor center desk or one can be mailed to you.
Junior Ranger Word Search - Search the letter jumble for words about White Sands National Monument.
Lizzie the Lizard Coloring Page - Lizzie the Lizard is feeling a little bit bland. Give her some color!
Find the Visitor Center Maze - Lizze the Lizard is lost in the dunes! help her find her way back to the visitor center.
Fun Facts About White Sands - Here are some interesting things to know about White Sands National Monument.
Crafty Kids Lesson Plans - Create one of our fun craft projects while learning about the animals of the monument. Just click on the link and you'll find them near the bottom of the page, ready for download.
Did You Know?
While the wind piles the sand grains into dunes, the dunes move forward under the force of gravity. As the leading edge of the dune ("slipface") gets steeper, gravity pulls an avalanche of sand down the slipface, moving the dune forward.